In this 15 part serial Secret Service agent Jack Holt, along with his partner, agent R49, are sent to stop a gang of counterfeiters that have kidnapped the government's best engraver and are forcing him to print undetectable fraudulent money.
Now serials are chopped all to hell and back with commercials and stars become billionaires and internet wonders..ho-hum.. These were exciting and fun to watch. At least here we dont have to wait till next week and walk down the street in the cold and pay a quarter to get in.
I very much enjoy this series..Glad it's all here.
Either these crooks are the worse fighters on the planet or jack Holt could beat jack Johnson and the entire boxing federation plus every gold glover ever since then all at once by himself.
March 13, 2010 Subject:
Setting the record straight
This early 40's Serial could have starred anybody on the Columbia Pictures list of contract players at the time and nobody could tell the difference. Jack Holt was the difference. He had been a major star for years and most always a stern authority figure, sometimes with a light touch. He's very watchable and believable in what is an other-wise silly action serial. Lots of action churned out by veteran Mascot and Columbia people both behind the cameras and in front as well. I guess one chapter a week, you could over look a lot if you're 10 years old. Evelyn Brent, usually known for assorted villiany and other bitches is cast against type, but still a tough cookie, and also quite good, with a why am I doing this picture attitude at times. Ms. Brent needs more wardrobe and better wardrobe and that will only become more obvious with each chapter. Holt had better and more wardrobe changes than her. I personally own a copy of this serial and I enjoy it from time to time. One viewing could be an enjoyable evening or rainy afternoon.
August 30, 2009 Subject:
Working out his contract
When Jack Holt made Holt of the Secret Service, he was about 52. Holt had been a strong leading man at Paramount in the Twenties, coming over to Columbia in the early Thirties. He and Columbia president Harry Cohn tangled constantly and this serial was merely an obligation for Holt to fulfill his contract. He had not made a serial since his early days at Pathe when he would often do stunt work because of his expert horsemanship. While this serial may not have been his best action picture, he would continue on in character roles in westerns following WWII service. At age 60, he appeared with a gallery of Republic western stars in Roy Rogers' Trail of Robin Hood. A group photo at the time showed him to be a strong, virile man. He died the following year after a brief illness.
February 16, 2009 Subject:
I'm a serial buff. I enjoyed watching 3 chapters because the good & bad guys didn't take themselves too seriously, had no master plan & fought like keystone cops. Also the female lead proved she could take care of herself, and the male lead didn't perpetually have to rescue her. Also, I liked use of cars which are now antiques.
February 15, 2009 Subject:
Cops And Robbers
This is a typical serial. There's the fast-paced action, the cliffhanger ending, and the recapitulation preceding the following episode. But it's cops-and-robbers; I prefer the sci-fi, mystery and adventure serials. I watched three episodes with very little to laugh at aside from the Foley guy missing his cues and some fights reminiscent of those by The Three Stooges.
I downloaded the mpeg4 files. They are complete, good quality rips of good digital transfers.